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This October Marvel is set to celebrate legendary artist Jack Kirby’s Monster legacy with a series of Kirby Monster Variant covers across a selection of its monthly titles. Here’s an early look at the covers for Amazing Spider-Man #2, Doctor Strange #1, Guardians of the Galaxy #1 and Karnak #1…
“Before helping to create the Marvel Universe we all know and love, Kirby lent his genius to creating all manner of creatures for titles like Tales to Astonish, Journey Into Mystery, Strange Tales and more,” says Marvel Editor-in-Chief Axel Alonso. “We’re beyond thrilled to celebrate him and bring these characters back to the fore this October for the Kirby Monster Variant program.”
Here’s the full list of titles set for Monster Variants…
· A-Force #5 The Crawling Creature Variant by Marguerite Sauvage
· All-New, All-Different Point One #1 Nezarr, the Calculator Variant by Paul Pope
· All-New Hawkeye »
- Gary Collinson
'Ant-Man': Paul Rudd as Scott Lang. 'Ant-Man' box office below expectations: Lowest Marvel Cinematic Universe domestic debut Starring Paul Rudd as a bug-like (sizewise) action hero, Ant-Man was expected to open with $60-$65 million from 3,856 U.S. and Canada locations this past weekend, July 17-19, '15. That didn't happen. A mere three days ago, Variety enthused that Ant-Man was "marching to a solid $65 million weekend at the U.S. box office." But instead of a $65 million domestic debut like those of Thor and Captain America: The First Avenger, Ant-Man bowed with a considerably more modest $57.22 million (down from the studio's $58.04 million Sunday estimate), including Thursday evening screenings. This latest Marvel Cinematic Universe entry averaged a highly disappointing – especially for an McU entry with loads of steeper-priced 3D and IMAX / Pfl screenings – $14,841 per location. But really, why "highly disappointing"? Trailing 'The Incredible Hulk' Even taking into account the fact »
- Zac Gille
"It’s going to be certainly a part of our Phase 3," said Marvel Studios Ken Feige about 'The Wasp'.
"It is going to be a very important moment (in 'Ant-Man') and — spoiler alert! — we see that suit for the first time, and her father now is finally giving it to her...
"...and realizes that he can’t hold her back from what is essentially her destiny. It's gonna' be a very big part of one of our upcoming films..."
"I was raised by two superheroes," said Lilly about her character, "so, I'm a pretty screwed up human being.
"I am also fairly capable, strong, and kick-ass, which is wonderful to play, but the most fun to play was just how »
- Michael Stevens
“Ant-Man” demonstrates both the power of the Marvel brand and what can hold it back.
The film’s $58 million debut would have been a strong start for nearly any other company, but for Marvel, which has fielded a dizzying number of blockbusters, it is something of a disappointment. “Ant-Man’s” opening ranks below the numbers that films centering on Captain America, Thor and Iron Man put up during their launches. More importantly, it failed to top the $60 million domestically that most analysts predicted it would make this weekend.
There is a crucial difference, however, between “Ant-Man” and other superhero movies. In the Marvel universe, Ant-Man is more of a utility player than star attraction. Given the dubious pedigree, it’s doubtful that many other companies could have made a movie about a man with the powers of a household pest and enjoyed stronger results.
“The media expects a lot, maybe too much, »
- Brent Lang
Marvel Premiere #47, April 1979 (as Ant-Man)
Powers and Abilities
After repeated exposure to a gaseous form of size-altering Pym Particles, Scott Lang now possesses the innate ability to shrink in size at will. In addition to this superhuman ability, Lang is also an expert in electronics, and a passable thief.
Gadgets and Accessories
The helmet Lang wears as Ant-Man grants him the ability to communicate telepathically with ants and other insects, and is equipped with a sound amplification system so he can be heard when shrunk down. The helmet can also be sealed off to outside air, and carries a limited air supply of its own.
Before gaining the ability to shrink on his own, Lang kept a gaseous form of Pym Particles in the belt of his costume to facilitate his size changes.
Friends and Allies
Cassandra “Cassie” Lang (Stature, »
- Austin Gorton
Last weekend, during San Diego Comic-Con, Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment revealed brand new details and never-before-seen imagery and video from Lego Marvel’s Avengers, the first game to feature characters and storylines from Marvel’s The Avengers, Marvel’s Avengers: Age of Ultron and more.
As part of the panel presentation, Comic-Con favourite Stan Lee took to the stage to discuss his involvement in Lego Marvel’s Avengers, including the reveal of his very own Iron Man armour and a Stan Lee-inspired Hulkbuster suit called the Stan-Buster! Other characters revealed during the panel include Sam Wilson as Captain America, America Chavez and the diabolical super villain Crossbones.
Lego Marvel’s Avengers will be available this winter on Xbox One, Xbox 360, PlayStation 4, PlayStation 3, PlayStation Vita, WiiU, Nintendo 3Ds and PC. Check out the new screenshots below:
- Phil Wheat
Sneak Peek new images of Hot Toys' 1/6 scale collectible figure of 'Wanda Maximoff' aka 'Scarlet Witch', in the laser-scanned likeness of actress Elzabeth Olsen:
"...'Wanda Maximoff' first appeared in "X-Men" #4 (March 1964), created by Stan Lee and Jack Kirby. The character has since starred in two self-titled limited series with husband the 'Vision' and appears as a regular team member in superhero title the 'Avengers'.
"In Marvel Comics, she was born a mutant, with the ability to alter reality in unspecific ways. She is the twin sister of 'Quicksilver' as well as the daughter of 'Magneto' and the paternal half-sister of Polaris.
Elizabeth Olsen portrays Scarlet Witch in a mid-credits scene in the Marvel Studios film 'Captain America: The Winter Soldier' and in 'Avengers: Age of Ultron' and will reprise the role in the 2016 film 'Captain America: Civil War' as a part of the 'Marvel Cinematic Universe'..."
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- Michael Stevens
Following their presentation at the San Diego Comic-con International yesterday, Warner Bros. and Tt Games have released a selection of character images from the upcoming Lego Marvel’s Avengers, featuring Sam Wilson’s Captain America, Iron Man Hulkbuster, America Chavez’s Miss America and Crossbones, along with two original characters based on Marvel legend Stan Lee – Iron Stan and the Stanbuster!
See Also: Watch the trailer for Lego Marvel’s Avengers
During the panel, it was also announced that the likes of Captain Marvel (Carol Danvers), Thor (Jane Foster) and Ms. Marvel (Kamala Khan) will also feature among the 100+ playable characters in the game.
Lego Marvel’s Avengers will be available this winter for Xbox One, Xbox 360, PlayStation 4, PlayStation 3, PlayStation Vita, WiiU, Nintendo 3Ds and Windows PC.
- Gary Collinson
Warner Bros. Interactive released new photos from their upcoming video game Lego Marvel's Avengers, which reveals some of the 100 characters fans will be able to play as. The studio has released new photos featuring Lego versions of Sam Wilson as Captain America, America Chavez, classic Crossbones, the Iron Man Hulkbuster armor, and two original characters based on Stan Lee, Iron Stan and the Stanbuster. Other characters such as Quicksilver, Carol Danvers as Captain Marvel, Jane Foster as Thor, and Kamala Khan Ms. Marvel will also be playable characters in the game.
Play as Earth's Mightiest Heroes in their quest to save the world while reliving some of the most amazing moments from the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Fans will get to play during the famed Battle of New York between the Avengers and Super Villain Loki as seen in Marvel's The Avengers. This will be the first console video game featuring »
Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment used San Diego Comic-Con 2015 to reveal six new characters that will be fully playable in the Lego Marvel Avengers video game a little later this year.
These aren't all your traditional new characters that have been plucked off the big screen or out of the pages of a Marvel comic. Yes some, like the Iron Man Hulkbuster armor, are definitely recognizable from Marvel Comics lore. Others were dreamed up by the developers of the game in conjunction with the input of Marvel legend Stan Lee.
In addition to the Hulkbuster, joining the Lego Marvel Avengers game character list are Sam Wilson as Captain America, America Chavez, Crossbones in his first comic outfit, and two characters paying homage to Stan Lee: the Stan-Buster armor and an Iron Man version of Stan Lee.
You can see all six of the Lego Marvel Avengers game new characters in the screenshots below. »
So far, we’ve seen comics for The Astonishing Ant-Man, a new Doctor Strange, and a new Captain Marvel. But what about Black Panther? All four heroes are getting their own movies within the Marvel Cinematic Universe; Paul Rudd plays Scott Lang, Benedict Cumberbatch plays Stephen Strange, no one has been announced as Carol Danvers just yet, and Chadwick Boseman will make his debut as T’Challa in Captain America: Civil War. Considering the pattern of releasing comic arcs alongside film counterparts, what does the future of the Black Panther comic look like? During the Q&A portion of the Marvel’s All-New, All-Different Avengers panel at Comic-Con, one fan asked comic book editor Tom Brevoort about this glaring omission. Brevoort replied by saying that not all of Marvel’s post-Secret Wars titles have been announced, and that he would neither confirm nor deny a »
The Marvel Cinematic Universe can be an awfully big, noisy and repetitive place to spend your time and money, but at its best, it can also allow for humor, whimsy and lightness of spirit — all qualities that come into play in “Ant-Man,” a winningly modest addition to the ever-expanding Disney/Marvel family. Though we can mourn the more stylish and inventive stand-alone caper we might have gotten from director Edgar Wright (who left the project over creative differences and was replaced by Peyton Reed), this enjoyably off-the-cuff franchise starter takes a cue from its incredible shrinking protagonist (played by a game Paul Rudd) and emerges with a smaller-scaled, bigger-hearted origin story than most comicbook heroes are typically granted. Insofar as it feels like a bit of a tonic next to this summer’s more bloated offerings, this July 17 Stateside release won’t reach the box office heights of the recent »
- Justin Chang
Well! Someone woke up on the wrong side of the Marvel Cinematic Universe today. Screen Junkies just issued a new Honest Trailer for Robert Downey Jr.'s original "Iron Man," the "Marvel masterpiece that started it all" and, without which, would leave "Hollywood in the terrifying position of having to develop something original." (True enough.)
As they mock:
From the company that went bankrupt in the '90s and sold off the rights to its most popular characters comes a film based on the equivalent of leftover scrap metal, proving that Marvel can build a franchise around just about anybody ... except The Hulk."
Poor Hulk! He's already been trashed in his own separate trailer.
Screen Junkies continued:
Experience the massive success that Marvel turned into a formula for printing money, where you take a half-forgotten, B-list superhero, cast an unknown or half-forgotten B-list actor, have him fight a generic villain »
- Gina Carbone
Marvel Studios may be absent from next week’s Comic-Con, but the House of Ideas is still bringing plenty of exciting panels to San Diego, and the publisher has just released its full schedule, which you can see below…
Thursday, July 9th
Marvel’s Disney Kingdoms
10:00am – 11:00am
Join the creators of the popular Disney Kingdoms imprint by Marvel. Discover what makes this collaborative relationship so much fun with a look back at previous titles as well as a glance forward at the future.
Marvel: Breaking into Comics the Marvel Way
1:00pm – 2:00pm
Are you a writer or artist? Ever dream of working for Marvel? Do you find yourself thinking, “I could do that…if I knew how!” Well, here’s your chance! Join Marvel Executive Editor Tom Brevoort and host of Marvel talent including Kris Anka (Uncanny X-Men) to find out »
- Gary Collinson
Monday’s “Ant-Man” premiere crawled with Marvel fans, creators and stars who infested Hollywood Boulevard and the red carpet leading into the Dolby Theatre.
Although the film’s journey to the screen hit a snag in May 2014 when would-be director Edgar Wright — who had been attached to the blockbuster since 2006 — suddenly departed, his replacement, Peyton Reed, said he’s ready for round two. “If we’re fortunate enough to do another ‘Ant-Man’ movie, I would love to do it,” he said.
Embracing his larger-than-life star status, Paul Rudd was the final star to file into the Dolby, charging down the carpet like a true Marvel action hero. But preceding Rudd was a littering of Hollywood oddities including two attendees in unicorn masks, a brief appearance from a rogue drone capturing the action from the sky, and a giant ant farm greeting fans at the entrance to the theater.
In typical fashion, »
- Seth Kelley
San Diego Comic-Con 2015 has released their full schedule for Saturday, July 11. For your convenience, we have pulled out all of the movie, TV and DVD related panels and events below, but you can can visit Comic-Con.org to check out the full schedule including comic book and video game panels. Take a look at all of the movie, TV and DVD events that will take place during the first day of Comic Con.
10:00am - 11:00am SpongeBob SquarePants
The cast of SpongeBob is back! All your Bikini Bottom favorites are on hand to perform Idiot Box at a live table read as chosen by the fans online. Featuring Tom Kenny (SpongeBob), Bill Fagerbakke (Patrick Star), Rodger Bumpass (Squidward), and Dee Bradley Baker (all other Biukini Bottomites.. Following the performance will be a Q&A with the cast and creative director, Vincent Waller. Plus, a sneak peek at a »
In this edition of The Week in Spandex, we look at Spider-Man, Captain America: Civil War, Ant-Man, Guardians of the Galaxy 2, Black Panther, Avengers: Infinity War, Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., Agent Carter, Guardians of the Galaxy, Avengers: Ultron Revolution, Ultimate Spider-Man vs. The Sinister 6, Hulk and the Agents of S.M.A.S.H., X-Men: Apocalypse, X-Men: Days of Future Past, Fantastic Four, Batman, Green Lantern, Gotham, Supergirl, The Flash, Arrow, DC’s Legends of Tomorrow, Justice League: Gods and Monsters, Hellboy III, Heroes Reborn and more…
Well, the speculation is finally over. Marvel and Sony have cast their new Spider-Man! The two studios announced this week that young British actor Tom Holland (The Impossible) has secured the role of Peter Parker for the Marvel Cinematic Universe’s incarnation of the wall-crawler, while up-and-coming director Jon Watts (Cop Car) will also helm the as-yet-untitled Spider-Man reboot set for release in July 2017. Sony chairman »
- Gary Collinson
Sneak Peek Hot Toys' hammer-swinging "Thor" 1/6 scale hand-painted action figure, designed to the laser-specific image of actor Chris Hemsworth, complete with a light up 'Mjolnir', as seen in Marvel Studios' "Avengers: Age Of Ultron"...
"...'Thor' is based on the thunder god of Norse mythology, created by editor Stan Lee and penciller Jack Kirby, who co-plotted, and scripter Larry Lieber, debuting in Marvel Comics' 'Journey into Mystery' #83 (Aug. 1962).
"A founding member of the superhero group the 'Avengers', Thor often battles his evil adoptive brother 'Loki', a Marvel character adapted from the Norse god of mischief. He is among Marvel's most powerful superheroes. Many recurring characters in his stories are based on Norse Mythology.
- Michael Stevens
As Marvel relaunches its comic book universe post-Secret Wars, a new team of Earth’s Mightiest Heroes are set for the forefront as Iron Man leads a new team of Avengers in Captain America (Sam Wilson), Thor (Jane Foster), Spider-Man (Miles Morales), Vision, Nova and Ms. Marvel in All-New All-Different Avengers, from the creative team of Mark Waid (Daredevil), Adam Kubert (Amazing Spider-Man: Renew Your Vows) and Mahmud Asrar (All-New X-Men).
“As faithful Nova readers will recognize, the main villain in our first story – Warbringer – has strong ties to Sam Alexander [a.k.a. Nova], but does Sam dare confess this to the team after the havoc Warbringer wreaks in New York City?” states Waid. “One of the Avengers’ often-undiscussed ‘superpowers’ has always been Tony Stark’s boundless fortune. As readers of Brian Bendis’s upcoming Invincible Iron Man will see, Tony can no longer be the team’s sole financial resource–meaning that »
- Gary Collinson
When news broke of Tom Holland's Spider-Man casting yesterday (June 23), the initial response was a push-back against the Brit actor. "Cbbc does Spidey." / "'Spider-Child' might be a more apt title…" / "He looks about 12!?" were just some of the comments on Holland, who at 19 is the youngest actor to take on the Peter Parker role by some distance.
Resistance is understandable - change is always hard and Andrew Garfield was well-liked in the role (even if his films were spotty) - but the complaints seem at odds with who Peter Parker actually is. Or, more specifically, the divergence between the web-slinging comic hero created by Stan Lee and his subsequent portrayals on the big screen.
First published in a 1962 issue of Marvel's Amazing Fantasy, Peter Parker was a classic audience surrogate, a figure whose high school exploits comic readers could easily identify with. Prior to Spider-Man, younger heroes had traditionally been sidekicks (Robin, »
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